How do I begin a blog post that is titled ‘My Wisdom Tooth’ ?
I mean, what do you expect when you see a title of this nature ?
I promise you, this has nothing to do with dentures, fillings or plaque.
My 32nd tooth has been pulling its way out of my gums over the last week, and it has been quite a painful experience. It didn’t come unaccompanied but with sore throat and pain in my left ear.
A friend of mine suggested that I have it taken out by the dentist but I said a big ‘HECK NO!’ to that. I don’t even like getting my tooth filled or cleaned by the dentist, and now you want to talk about getting it yanked out with whatever size and nature of equipment that dentists use to cause such excruciating pain.
I try to find a lot of insight in all of God’s creations and recently, God has been teaching me a lot on perseverance and patience during any process.
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.”
What John 15:1-2 is currently teaching me is that ‘every one is gonna get cut’. The difference is, you would either be ‘cut off’ or ‘pruned’. Both of them are painful processes but only the pruning processes makes you more fruitful.
The Holy Spirit used my tooth to explain to me that ‘allowing my tooth to grow’ or ‘getting it yanked out by the dentist’, are both painful procedures. But only one of them would get me the result that I desire, which is ‘My complete set of 32.’
This is the same in every journey, process or endeavour that yields substantial and sustainable results.
When trying to achieve success in anything, the process can be quite daunting and uncomfortable, but giving up would also be painful and would cost you a lot as well.
However, perseverance will get you to your final destination and you will eventually feel the pain no more.
As I write this, I can barely feel the pain that my wisdom tooth has caused me over the last week and I am getting to the end of the growth process.
This is now teaching me to push through the pain, and keep my eyes and my mind on the reward, especially in my degree and my personal ventures.
When faced with life’s challenges, I do my best to take a page from my Master’s book.
“We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honour beside God's throne.”
Could you imagine if Jesus gave up the cross because it was too painful ? You and I would not have been set free from sin today with the promise of eternal life in our Father’s Kingdom.
Jesus kept His mind on what was on the other side of the cross.
So I urge you to stay motivated and keep going in whatever you are doing because the reward would be worth it, and eventually you would feel the pain no more.
Quite a lot to learn from a tooth isn’t it ?
That’s the way of the Lord. He takes the ordinary and makes it profound.